Ideas for the future
When one of the contributors to our teasingly titled Great Debate recently suggested the greatest idea is Star Trek’s virtual reality room, the holodeck, she did so somewhat apologetically because it’s fictional. But it got me thinking. Just because an idea hasn’t yet become reality, it doesn’t mean it can’t be great. Time travel and teleportation seem great ideas – which if ever realized would seem sensational. And how about ideas for a better world? Thomas More’s Utopia, Einstein’s vision of a world government, Martin Luther King’s dream? And maybe even Marxism, since it has never been realized in the way Marx envisaged. No, they’ve never happened, and may never do, but they remind us that great ideas can give us a vision of a better world, better things, and give us goals to aim for, whether it’s how to make a self-cleaning house or how to bring world peace. Anyone got any great ideas how to clean up the Gulf of Mexico?